View Full Version : Computer problem--Can anyone help?

13-02-04, 14:52
I am having a problem...recently, it seems like my computer has been really sluggish. When I click my name on the Windows XP welcome screen, it just sits there for several seconds on the "loading your settings" screen. This used to take just 2 seconds.

Also, after everything has loaded, and the puter isn't doing anything, I try to right click on a system tray icon and it takes several seconds for the menu to pop up. Plus, when I open the start menu and put my cursor over the Programs, there is a lag time between the time I put the cursor over it until the programs screen pops up (up to a few seconds). Pretty much, there is a lag time for most everything to react, and it is driving me nuts!!!

Programs dont lag, tho, and games run fine too.

I do not store temporary files, and have cleared all unnessary files by using the Disk Cleanup feature.

Here are my specs:
Windows Xp
Pentium 4, 2.53Ghz
256 MB RAM
I have 11.9 GB free space left of 27.8GB total size disk space
Nvidia Geforce4 video card

Has anyone used the disk defragmenter? Is it wise to do so? Would that help me out?

Thanks to anyone who helps me! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

13-02-04, 15:00
You could check for spyware/adware first.

Ad-aware (http://download.com.com/3001-8022-10214379.html)

Spybot (http://download.com.com/3001-8022-10194058.html)

Use both programs. Make sure you get the newest reference files. Adaware should have something like "check for updates now" on the main window. And you can download the latest reference file for spybot from here (http://spybot.eon.net.au/files/spybotsd_includes.exe).

13-02-04, 15:00
Hi Shan. I defraged Annie for the first time the other day. It's a good idea to do it once in awhile and I have never lost anything. If you have a lot of detritus laying around in there it might help. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

13-02-04, 15:05
Hi LC and Annacia!

LC, I just ran my Spybot last nite, and it removed 58 items, but I haven't updated it...I will do that, thanks!!

Annacia, did Annie take a really long time to defragment? I hear it takes a really long time. Also, can you run programs while you defragment? What is detritus?

Thanks guys!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

13-02-04, 15:05
this should probably be in the Tech Support section, but...
The disk defragmenter simply rearranges the files in order by sorting the memory. When you use programs, they use memory when they run, but don't necessarily replace it in the right place, so after using various programs often and not defragging (as in normal computer use), your computer ends up having to search for the memory each time you tell it to do something. Defragmenting just replaces the memory and makes it quicker and easier for the computer to use, thus speeding up the process of using it. It's advised to defrag your hard disk once a fortnight for optimum computer use. It'll probably take several hours on a hard disk the size of yours, so you might like to leave it overnight.

Also, have you recently installed any new programs? (I've got this lag on my laptop and it's almost permanant, because I use so many programs on it there's like only 8% CPU resources free; I have to wait for my typing to appear on the screen sometimes http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif ) If you did install something just before the computer started running slowly, try uninstalling it and see how it runs.

Detritus is just "stuff" like files and folders you don't need any more, etc.

[ 13. February 2004, 15:07: Message edited by: Geck-o-Lizard ]

13-02-04, 15:06
disk defragmenter organises the files on the hard disk , when your computer adds information to the disk it puts it in the first available slot it finds, this can cause your computer to slow down because when you want to access something again , the computer has to read all over the hard disk to find it , so disk defragmenter just organises all your files , so it takes the computer quicker to find them, also are there any programs on system start up which could effect the loading process?

Click on Start then go to Run then type in "msconfig" this will load up this http://www.freewebs.com/vectra_sri_cruisers/MS.JPG

13-02-04, 15:11
Thanks Vectra and Gecko!!

Gecko, the only new program I installed was a preschool learning game for my son.

I think I will run my defragmenter tonight, thanks everyone! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

13-02-04, 15:13
when you run disk defragmenter , its best if you leave the pc alone until it completes because i you start accessing programs , it means the computer is going to read and write off the hard drive and will upset the process of organising it and cause it to restart

[ 13. February 2004, 15:13: Message edited by: Vectra Sri ]

13-02-04, 15:14
Shan, time depends on how much there is to defrag. You can minimize the page and just let it run while you go about your busniess. Annie took maybe 10 mins.

13-02-04, 15:17
My computer's so fragmented it can't run the defragmenter without crashing http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif So I'm almost hoping to catch a virus just for an excuse to fdisk http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif
It's advisable to let it do its thing undisturbed, like Vectra said, if you've got that much stuff for it to go through byte by byte. Good luck

13-02-04, 15:18
You could be right Vectra but I have never had a problem in doing other things while defraging. It has always cleaned up perfectly.

13-02-04, 15:19
Gecko would loading your pc up in safe mode , make any difference in defragmenting your hard drive ? :D

13-02-04, 15:25
I'll just introduce the laptop to Mr Plant-Spray and see if it works http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

13-02-04, 15:33
LC, thanks for the reminder. I just ran Spybot and found 47 "problems" . They are now gone. :D